colordrops 0 Posted February 27, 2013 Share Posted February 27, 2013 Let me start by saying that I love Evernote and I believe it has amazing potential to be on of the big Internet properties like Google and Amazon if they play their cards right. Since I want Evernote to succeed, I want to emphasize two big issues that Evernote still has that need to be addressed in order for Evernote to succeed in the long term: 1. A native Linux client. Evernote representatives have specifically said that they are not working on a Linux client. This is a big mistake, because it seriously hinders adoption by Linux users. Linux users are a small percentage of users out there, so Evernote has to prioritize their work, right? Wrong. Linux users are very often developers, and are highly influential at companies and with friends. They also help build an ecosystem around a product, which has network effects. For instance, I don't think the Chrome browser would have had nearly the adoption it did if Google didn't release a Linux version. Many web devs work in Linux, and if they couldn't use Chrome, then a lot of plugins and sites would be Firefox-centric instead. In a nutshell, linux users are a small but very important community. They need to be supported. 2. A solid WYSIWIG editor for all platforms. The rich text editor plagued Google Docs when it was first released, with strange behavior (especially with bulleting, and cut and paste), which hindered adoption. Eventually Google fixed these problems and you can now use Google Docs without stressing about having to figure out how to work around some dumb formatting issue/bug. Right now Evernote is struggling with this problem. I hope that they work on getting the rich text editor to work super smoothly and effortlessly. Right now, because of problematic rich text formatting, I'm seeing 3rd party open source evernote clients doing strange things like losing parts of documents during sync. This is completely unacceptable - any data loss is unacceptable. This may not be directly Evernote's fault, but a problematic data format makes it easy for 3rd party developers to ***** up. If these two things are fixed, you will see Evernote adoption increase in speed. I promise you that. Also, on a side note, I read an interview with Bill Gates where he mentioned that one of MS's failed projects that he still thinks needs to be tackled is a general cloud-based structured data API. I think Evernote is positioned to do this if they play their cards right, and could become as important to internet infrastructure as Amazon's web services. Link to comment
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